MPublishing, the publishing division of the University of Michigan Library, is pleased to announce the open access version of Hacking the Academy, The Edited Volume The volume is forthcoming in print under the University of Michigan Press digitalculturebooks imprintThis volume was assembled and edited by Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt from the best of oversubmissions received during a spirited week when the two editors actively solicited ideas for how the academy could be beneficially reformed using digital media and technology For on the unusual way this book was put together, please start with Cohen and Scheinfeldt s preface


10 thoughts on “Hacking the Academy

  1. Pete Lawson Pete Lawson says:

    Hacking the Academy is in an exercise in contradictions, a text aimed squarely at the entrenched humanities scholarly tradition An open call was given for submissions along the theme hacking the academy but only a week, a speck considering the glacial timelines of academic publishing The books subversive content culled from decidedly unacademic sources Twitter, emails, blogs, even a Ted talk, serve as exemplars to the goal of Hacking the Academy academia as we have understood it is dead, we Hacking the Academy is in an exercise in contradictions, a text aimed squarely at the entrenched humanities scholarly tradition An open call was given for submissions along the theme hacking the academy but only a week, a speck considering the glacial timelines of academic publishing The books subversive content culled from decidedly unacademic sources Twitter, emails, blogs, even a Ted talk, serve as exemplars to the goal of Hacking the Academy academia as we have understood it is dead, we must evolve The submissions were curated heavily and the final work stands as a testament to that process, a somewhat odd editorial approach considering a crowdsourced up voting schema isconsistent with what the book proposes The book may seem ready to undermine academia as we know it, but it is encapsulated in the very medium it purports to replace academic print publishing In this way Hacking the Academy acts as a bridge between world s, that of the academia as it is, and academia as we can conceive of it to be.Hacking the Academy is loosely organized on certain themes conferences or unconferences in this case , teaching, scholarly communication, and academic employment Considering the book s inclusive and unconventional sourcing, it can be repetitive at times, a fugue on its core themes The varied perspectives serveto echo and corroborate their fellows then refute them Nevertheless, the themes are relevant, and it in no way negates the importance of modernizing academia


  2. Rachel Rachel says:

    Note that I quit reading it because I had to give it back to the library, not because it was bad I do intend to finish it at some point.